CHEMCHEY, 18 Oct [IPR]: In a floral and colourful function organized in the courtyard of Indian Himalayan Center for Adventure & Eco Tourism, Chemchey, the Chief Secretary, Karma Gyatso today unveiled the hoarding of International Flower Show Sikkim 2013, as the curtain raiser, for the main event which will be held at Saramsa Garden in East Sikkim from 23 to 27 February 2013.
During the function the Chief Secretary, Mr. Gyatso also released posters of the mega event, which are being designed and developed by the Department of Information and Public Relations and also launched the official website of International Flower Show Sikkim 2013, designed and developed by Horticulture and Cash Crop Development Department.
He also launched the social media campaign, from Facebook to Youtube all social networking sites will have information on this mega event. Further he also released a brochure of the International Flower Show Sikkim 2013 on the occasion.
Addressing media persons and the gathering during the function the Chief Secretary highlighted on the objectives of the International flower show and urged everyone involved in this mega project to cooperate and coordinate to make this show a grand success.
Earlier Secretary, Horticulture and Cash Crop Development Department who is also the Chairperson of the International Flower Show 2013 Committee, S K Pradhan in his welcome address highlighted on this mega event, which will be held early next year and informed the gathering about how this event is likely to put Sikkim on the world map in the Floriculture sector and at the same time provide a massive impetus in the felid of tourism.
Horticulture and Cash Crop Development Department also gave a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation on the Floriculture Scenario of Sikkim with special reference to the mega event during the function.
During this presentation it was informed that about 25 international participants from worldwide are being expected with 30 national participants and 190 participants from the host state. This five-day mega event will not only showcase and exhibit different types of flowers, but will also include conferences, buyer-seller meet and workshops.
It may be recalled that the International Flower Show in the year 2008 had attracted about 1 lakh visitors during the 3 days, and this year the department is expecting it to double in the 5-day event.
Later during the press conference questions and queries about this mega event were answered by the officials of the organizing department. Secretary Information and Public Relations, K.S Topgay during this press meet also appealed and requested both, local and national, print and electronic media to kindly give wide publicity and help Sikkim in making this event a grand success.
The function was neatly punctuated by a cultural show by the students of Namchi Girls Senior Secondary School.
The International Flower Show 2013 is the second of its kind being held in the state after the 2008 show. The main objectives behind organizing the show are to showcase the floral potential and to promote Floriculture industry in Sikkim. It also intends to provide Flower growers of Sikkim international exposure for understanding the global trend of Floriculture Development and Flori-business and to keep pace with the advancement of World Floriculture. The show has also been organized to highlight Sikkim as a Floriculture State / destination and to promote Tourism in Sikkim.